≡ Menu

I started a part time job at SunGevity in 2013. We were not even trained in the knowledge about leasing vs. buying. Mostly 20 year old kids trying to “get a date” purveying the people at Lowe’s for SunGevity – a total exploitation of the people to only offer the average 5-7% savings for something [continue reading...]

{ 1 comment }

Residential rooftop solar leases have had a good run in the market, and why shouldn’t they…? They require no money upfront for systems that cost thousands of dollars while the financial and emotional reward is immediate. Problem is (and we’ve seen it before), when a business model is built to benefit only the companies while [continue reading...]

{ 11 comments }

Use Less Energy and Earn 70% OFF Coupons Once in a while there comes a program that sucks creative juices out of its designers dry and delivers something we can all be proud of.  Green Energy Match (GEM) is one of those programs.  It is brought to you by the City of San Jose and [continue reading...]

{ 0 comments }

Living green has many great advantages but we all know it can come at a cost.  Often times we just can’t afford to make those energy efficient retrofits to our home. No matter how bad we wanted those double pane windows, we continue to put it off because we lack funds for the project. However, [continue reading...]

{ 0 comments }

When an appliance is powered by electricity, it simply means carbon is being burnt.  Today, people are gaining a wider understanding of the importance of energy consumption and it has indeed become the need of time to choose appliances that consume less energy.  Improving the energy efficiency of products and appliances in industrial, residential, and [continue reading...]

{ 0 comments }

So do green homes cost more? When comparing construction costs of green homes there seem to be all sorts of figures floating around. Some builders say it does not cost much more to build sustainably, and some say it could cost anywhere from 5-20% more to build a truly green home.  Much of those added costs [continue reading...]

{ 0 comments }

So you’ve heard about it, with the passing of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) , many homeowners, municipalities and home performance contractors had great expectations of easy and accessible financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy installations.  However, something happened…  Call it a glitch but PACE, as of today, is still not available.  There is a [continue reading...]

{ 1 comment }

“Cash for Appliances” is a program that will basically pay you to get a brand new energy efficient appliance.  Sounds too good to be true?  Well, there is a catch- you have to share the $26 mil with other Californians! Oh, and you only have until May 23rd to get your share. The California Cash for Appliances program [continue reading...]

{ 0 comments }

Many of us have had a relationship with the stock market of some sorts at one time or another.  Maybe you had more luck but when I bought into the hype in 2001 and lost a chunk in one week, my enthusiasm evaporated like the morning’s dew.  Then I came across a statement by Scott Case from EnergySavvy [continue reading...]

{ 0 comments }

Did you know most home owners are not aware that their green upgrades can affect their insurance?  Sadly, most insurance agents are also in the dark.  That is why you should be pro-active and take the savings opportunities into your own hands. Truth is, in some ways, homes are like auto drivers – the safer the [continue reading...]

{ 2 comments }